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August 2022

Happy Place

This week I am in my happy place – the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). Last week 27 youth and leaders were at [...]


Well, here we are – August! It’s almost time for the last trip to the lake, countless county fairs, and State Fair Fun. First, [...]

July 2022


It’s been a hot week with little rain. The fields at our farm are showing signs of stress. We hear of record-breaking temperatures in [...]

Just Do It

Big, action packed vacations to exotic places are wonderful, but sometimes it’s nice to take some time off without all the travel and jam-packed [...]

Weathering the Storms

Ahh, summer! I love these long days, lots of sunshine, kids playing outside, no school, no shoveling – just a wonderful time all around! [...]

June 2022

Look What I Made

Even from my office I could hear the excitement. “Look what I made! Look what made!” said the child holding out the craft made [...]

You Never Know

When I was a child, I didn’t get to attend VBS (Vacation Bible School) at my church. We only had one car and my [...]

Philippines Relief Effort

AUG 02, 2022 UPDATE: Pastor Max Needs a Ceiling (scroll down) On December 16, 2021, typhoon Odette (Rai) struck the Philippines, causing widespread [...]

Boundary Waters

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is one of my favorite places in the world. In most of the Boundary Waters there are no roads, no [...]

May 2022

Boundary Waters Checklist

The key to a successful Boundary Waters trip (with an outfitted guide) is proper preparation, so be sure to pack these essentials: Sleeping bag [...]

More than a Memory

Digging through a pile of inherited old family pictures, I came across this photo of the Memorial Day procession to the cemetery in my [...]

Annual Conference

This week is Annual Conference, the yearly gathering of the pastors and representatives from all the United Methodist Churches in Minnesota. This is the [...]

The Couple

Last Sunday we had a couple visit for worship. They live near Fargo but were in the area enjoying the bike trails around [...]

At Last…

See! The winter is past;      the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth;      the season of singing [...]

Too Many to Count

I am one of 6 kids, and have always loved my bigger family. I had often imagined of someday having a large family of [...]

April 2022

Blessed to Be a Blessing  

When God blesses Abraham and tells him his descendants will become a great nation, God also tells him that he will be a blessing [...]

The Waiting

It seems like we’ve spent an eternity between winter and spring. Easter has passed and still the weather is cold and gray. I can’t [...]

Who We Are

This Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection - the day Jesus rose again to life after having been dead and buried. It is the [...]

Holy Week is Coming!

On April 10th (a week from this writing) we will enter the most significant time of the year for Christians: Holy Week. Holy Week [...]

March 2022

State of the Church 2022

Greetings! On March 22, 2022 we held our yearly Church Conference with the State of the Church address and election of leadership.  Below is [...]

More Promise than Present

Well, it’s spring…at least that’s what the calendar says. But in Minnesota it’s always more promise than present in March. Yes, the snow piles [...]

Following Jesus Isn’t Easy

Most of the Christians in Ukraine belong to Orthodox churches. In the Orthodox calendar March 6 was “Forgiveness Sunday”. They enter into Lent by [...]

Be The Hope

Early in 2000 we announced an ambitious effort to have a major impact on the lives of people in our community and across the [...]

February 2022

God’s Time. Not Mine.

There is an old expression, “People plan. God laughs.” I don’t know if God was laughing last Tuesday but for the second time we [...]

Order Easter Flowers

Time to order your easter flowers from Gertens! This year, all orders will be made online only using their website (you'll need to enter [...]

St. Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day is a lot more complicated than red roses, sweet cards, and candy hearts. Not that those are simple either. Many of us [...]

In The Olympics

I've always liked the winter Olympics more than the summer ones. Maybe it’s because I’m more likely to watch TV in the winter. Or [...]

January 2022

Glad That’s Over

There is an old joke about a Presbyterian pastor who was a strict believer in predestination. He believed that everything that happened to him, [...]

The Ground Blizzard

I was coming back from a church in the western part of Minnesota when I encountered the worst driving conditions I have ever experienced. I [...]

Missions New and Old

Resurrection Church has supported United Methodist missionaries Ardell and Gordy Graner for many years. Next month they will both be retired after 32 years [...]

Blame It On December

Well, the Vikings are done for the season so it’s time to turn to thoughts of baseball. Every year I count down the [...]

It’s Cold Out There!

Temperatures have hit rock bottom and it seems people approach such weather in two different ways. There are those who embrace winter (or at [...]

December 2021

A New Year

As a child, New Year’s Eve was a big deal. Usually we were at our grandparents’. There would be food and games and laughter [...]

Hot or Cold?

Weather this month just can’t seem to make up its mind. From brutal windchills and snow one week to a string of 40s the [...]

November 2021

Whose Birthday?

My oldest grandson is a “Christmas baby”. Actually, he was born a few days before Christmas, but in his mind he and Jesus share [...]


When does it happen? When does it go from “Will Christmas ever come?” to “It’s Christmas-time already!”? Does it happen when you go from [...]

It’s Not The Cold

I’ve never been bothered much by the cold. I love taking a walk on a frosty morning when even a blade of grass or an [...]

Get to Know Duncan!

Duncan Kusant is a youth intern at REZ. Now for some amazing facts: Briefly: Born in 2001, I am a youth intern here at Resurrection. [...]

October 2021

A Month of Thanks

In America, Thanksgiving is a one-day holiday in November. But the bible tells us to give thanks all the time. So this November we [...]

More Blessed To Give?

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Is that really the case? At our Fall Festival this month [...]

How Many Birthdays?

I write this on my birthday (October 12th). I’m not one to dread birthdays. I’m glad for everyone I can get. However, they do [...]

September 2021

Do You Speak “Christian”?

Christians sometimes speak a language that is almost unintelligible to those outside the church. Think of how phrases such as “I’ve been redeemed”, [...]

Hurricane Response

Thank you to everyone who filled a flood cleaning bucket for UMCOR’s Hurricane Ida response. The many buckets of supplies you donated are being added [...]

Best of Times

We had a great time on vacation last month. I hope you had some good times this summer, too. But, the best is yet [...]

Never Stop Learning

The first day of school is upon us – new backpacks and shoes, packing lunches, school buses on the roads, teachers (both seasoned [...]

August 2021

Fall Kickoff

Labor Day weekend is almost here! This has always been a weekend full of mixed emotions for me. I always appreciated a day off [...]

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